Video emerges of a child soldier being trained, allegedly for Daesh in Syria’s Raqqa

Published October 20th, 2015 - 02:00 GMT
The video uploaded on YouTube says the footage was taken in Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa. (Screenshot)
The video uploaded on YouTube says the footage was taken in Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa. (Screenshot)

You may have seen reports a couple months ago about Daesh (ISIS) training children on beheadings by making them cut the heads off their dolls. And you may have hoped Daesh militants eased off on their use of child soldiers.

A YouTube video this week emerged showing a child crawling through wire obstacles. While the footage is blurry, some things are still pretty clear. Small explosives detonate in front of the boy and he yells, "Allahu akbar!" He doesn't look any older than eight (though he may be much younger). 

The video says the training happens in Raqqa, Daesh's de facto capital in northern Syria. Raqqa's "Farouq Institute for Cubs" is where Yazidi boys are often taken and given Muslim names. 

Daesh doesn't look like they're slowing down on their child recruits anytime soon. Turkish media reports say police raided nearly 20 apartments they believed Daesh used as training camps in Istanbul; about two dozen of those arrested were children. 

Here's a photo found on Twitter of a boy cutting the head off his Teddy bear from August. 

By Hayat Norimine


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